Hay Fever Essential Oils
With hay fever affecting 1 in 5 adults & increasing, more people are discovering essential oils are an alternative or complementary treatment for allergy or sinusitis systems.
Aromatherapy is an ancient healing system that dates back to early Egyptian times. Breathing in the oils scents is known as aromatherapy. This practice stimulates your body through your sense of smell & enters the blood stream. It is a science based on the use of high grade pure essential oils derived from flowers, leaves, roots, seeds & stems of plants.
While conventional pharmacotherapy is the preferred method of treating allergic rhinitis & sinusitis, the interest of herbs, roots & plants for healing is gaining grounds fast as more studies gain scientific approval.
Although there is generally limited studies on aromatherapy, a 2016 study showed promising signs that certain aromatherapy oils can help relieve perennial allergy symptoms, improve quality of life, & reduce fatigue in patients with allergies.
Also with bacterial resistance to multiple antibiotics becoming a serious health threat many essential oils such as Tea Tree & Eucalyptus possess antibacterial properties with more & more researchers considering them as potential sources of novel antimicrobial compounds.
More over, researches are also finding that essential oils like Lemon & Eucalyptus improve muco-cillary function; Improving the way the cilia beat in the lining of the respiratory system means phlegm can clear easier.
POPULAR WAYS TO USE ESSENTIAL OILS FOR HAY FEVER & SINUSITIS INCLUDE :
- Diffusing them into the air particularly with vaporises
- Using them in the bath
- Steam inhalations
- Spraying them into the air
- Breathing them in directly from the container
- Applying them inside the nose with a carrier oil
LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OIL
Lavender has a sweet, floral, herbaceous & fresh aroma. Lavender is one of the most popular essential oil’s for it’s calming, anti-inflammatory & antimicrobial activity. Antimicrobial activity was demonstrated in one study where several Lavender oils. used singly & combination, inhibited the growth of a methicillin-sensitive & methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MSSA & MRSA) with direct contact – promising for those who suffer regular sinusitis infections.
BLENDING OF SANDALWOOD, FRANKINCENSE & RAVENSARA OIL
This study used a blend of Sandalwood, Frankincense & Ravensara oils to treat perennial allergic rhinitis. Study participants reported improvement with their blocked nasal passages, runny & itchy noses & sneezing. This suggests that this blend of essential oils can help with perceived symptoms, quality of life related to allergies & better sleep.
EUCALYPTUS ESSENTIAL OIL
Eucalyptus oil is known as an analgesic & anti-inflammatory & may also whelp congestion. It’s antimicrobial effects are also being studied. It’s major component,1.8-cineole, has antimicrobial effects against many bacteria, including methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus ( MRSA), viruses, & fungi (including Candida). Surprisingly for an antimicrobial substance it may also have immune-stimulatory, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, analgesic & spasmolytic effects. It’s multiple uses are still being investigated.
TEA TREE ESSENTIAL OIL
Tea Tree oil has a warm, fresh, camphoraceous aroma. There is still significant research to be done on the connection between essential oils & allergy relief, but Tea Tree essential oil is very promising with relation to allergy symptoms. Complementary & alternative medicines such as Tea Tree (melaleuca ) oil have become increasingly popular in recent decades.
Tea Tree oil has been used for almost 100 years in Australia but is now available worldwide. The primary uses of Tea Tree oil have historically capitalized on the antiseptic & anti-inflammatory actions of the oil but recent developments in our understanding of the antimicrobial & anti-inflammatory activities of the oil & it’s components suggest it has other clinical uses. Specific mechanisms of antimicrobial & anti-inflammatory action are being studied.
PEPPERMINT ESSENTIAL OIL
Peppermint essential oil has a strong, fresh & minty aroma. Peppermint essential oil is known to reduce inflammation & popularly used for irritable bowel complaints. Peppermint oil was shown to inhibit histamine release in one study making combining Peppermint with Lavender & Lemon oils, make a soothing allergy relief combination for nasal congestion & sinusitis.
LEMON ESSENTIAL OIL
Lemon essential oil has a fresh citrus aroma reminiscent of the fresh peel. Citrus-scented essential oils are often used in aromatherapy to boost alertness & energy & can also help clear your sinuses & reduce congestion, common symptoms of seasonal allergies by improving much-ciliary function.
I’m lucky as in as much, I do not suffer with hay fever, but have a few family members that dread the summer months coming around ! The time when they should be able to be outside enjoying the sunny weather. If like me you live in the UK, that isn’t many days anyway ! lol
Anything that can help, must be worth trying. right ?
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